Category Archives: Artist Interviews

Schmidt Student Interview 2


This week, we’re featuring our student worker Layne Dexheimer.

How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
Since the beginning of Spring 2017

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working at the Schmidt?
Am I allowed to look around?

What is your go-to media when creating your own work?
I am still experimenting with as many mediums as I can.

You’re put in charge for a week. Who do you hire and why?
Nicole and Jessica.

What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
I love the [SWIC] Faculty Show because it showcases the abilities of those I am learning from.

What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
I would love to work on an installation piece.

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Layne Dexheimer

If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
Ai Weiwei

What are your hopes for the Schmidt in the future?
[That they] are able to collect even more art.

Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
I listen to anything and everything.

Where are you going after this?
I am transferring to Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Student Worker Interview: Nicole Marianovich


Next on the easel, Nicole Marianovich, our student worker.

How long have you been working at the Schmidt?
I have been a Schmidter for about 7 months-ish.

What is the strangest question you’ve been asked while working here?
I don’t recall.

What is your go-to media as an art student?
My go-to media is pencil/charcoal, but lately it has been oil paint.

You’re put in charge for a week. Who do you hire and why?
If I was put in charge for a week I would hire my roommate, Xero, (aka Sean), and my manager, Shawn, because they both are very creative artists with an eye for detail. Xero is also an engineer major so I’m sure he would come up with some awesome ideas.

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Student Worker Nicole Marianovich

What has been your favorite exhibition so far?
My favorite exhibition so far while working here has been both the Faculty Art Show and the Senior Show. The High School and SWIC [Student] Show are also on my fave list! Though, I’m sure that list will grow and grow!

What’s your favorite media to exhibit?
My favorite media to exhibit is framed pencil/charcoal drawings, however, this semester I’m taking a sculpture class so I’m excited to see what my 3D art looks like displayed on a pedestal.

If you could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt, who would it be and why?
If I could demand to have one artist show at the Schmidt it would be such a difficult decision that I would have to flips coins and draw straws. Lately, I have been really into the whimsical side of the art world, exploring content such as fairies and moon phases, that I wouldn’t mind being surrounded by the works of Brian Froud and feeling like I’m in the World of Faerie!

What are your hopes for the Schmidt in the future?
My hopes for the Schmidt in the future are that it continues to display art from all over the world and locally, and that maybe one day I will be a Senior Schmidter!! ( Nicole Junior Senior has a nice ring to it!)
[To distinguish Nicole from curator Nicole, we affectionately refer to them as Nicole Junior and Nicole Senior, respectively.]

Possibly the most important question: What music do you listen to when you’re working on your art?
The music I listen to while working on my art varies depending on what I’m working on and the mood I’m in. Here lately, I have been turning my Pandora on Halsey radio and just letting it play out. I’ve also tuned into The Glass Animals and Portishead on YouTube and letting that take me down its own unique rabbit hole.

 

Artist Spotlight: Albert Yowshien Kuo


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
As an Asian American I was caught between being the right Chinese and the right American. Growing up, the word discrimination was a common term in the household and carried two very different definitions.  For that reason I feel akin to the major minority groups’ experience as Americans and this is where these pieces come from. The work is about dualities, for without us, there is no “them.”

The pieces in the show presents brightly-colored forms in varied chroma. The forms have an intentionally undefined nomenclature. This is a rejection of formalism. Without the ability to label these forms they become free from prejudice. The bright colors come from a distinctly American history, particularly the energetic palettes used by various African American painters during the great migration through to the civil rights movement; a legacy of color and context that carries its weight today. The surrounding layers evoke the contradiction between natural symmetry and order and the human imposed barriers and exclusionary infrastructure it inspires.

Works
The Dividing Line but an Attempt to Close the Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistine), 2016
66” x 72”
acrylic and Flashe on canvas, fibers

Body Gardens in a Democratic State, 2016
66” x 72”
acrylic and Flashe on canvas, fibers

City Dwellers, 2016
47” x 48”
oil and mixed media on canvas

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Kuo’s “The Dividing Line but an Attempt to Close the Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistine)”

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Kuo’s “City Dwellers” (left)

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Detail of “The Dividing Line but an Attempt to Close the Gap (After Michelangelo’s Sistine)”

Artist Spotlight: Cory Sellers


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
December Paintings 2016
My work deals a lot with the investigation of space. I am greatly interested in pictorial drama and illusionism within that space. Not always real, this is a contradiction which adds to the complexity of the painting. The space that the forms live in have a certain feel of solitude, which I believe goes along with the mystery. I am also interested in the decision process of the composition and why each mark is next to another as well as the speed, slow or fast, of the other mark-making that is taking place. There are several things I use to create depth in the paintings, color and contrasting values, but the variety of mark-making and placement has been my recent interest. My December Paintings have been a refinement in my work as I have eliminated the figure with ambitions to improve my abstractions.

Works
Farewell, 2016
12” x 9”
acrylic on canvas

 

Easy Does It, 2016
12” x 9”
acrylic on canvas

Painting, December 6th 2016, 2016
20” x 15”
acrylic, spray paint on canvas

Refine, 2016
20” x 15”
acrylic on canvas

Icebreaker, 2016
14” x 11”
acrylic on canvas

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Sellers’ “Icebreaker,” “Farewell,” and “Easy Does It” (left to right)

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Sellers’ “December 6th 2016”

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Sellers’ “December 6th 2016” (left) and “Refine” (right)

Artist Spotlight: Nancy Friederich


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
The Pathway series of paintings that I am presently working on includes some of my favorite places and countries that I have had the pleasure to visit.

The botanical garden painting is from the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of my favorite places. This lovely lady allowed me to take her picture in another location in the garden. I placed her on this path.

The cemetery scene is from my grandfather’s birthplace in southern Hungary. We were there looking for our family name on tombstones. We didn’t find any family members, but my mother had an interesting conversation (in Hungarian) with the lovely women caring for the graves of their loved ones. It was a special Saturday evening for all of us.

The painting I have just begun will also be part of the Pathway series, and is based on a visit I took to a small mountain village in Peru. I am anxious to paint this one.

Works
Sunday Stroll at the Botanical Garden, 2015
50” x 37”
oil on paper

Roses, 2015
37” x 50”
oil on paper

The Gathering, Barcs, Hungary, 2016
37” x 50”
oil on paper

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Friederich’s “Roses”

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Friederich’s “The Gathering, Barcs, Hungary”

Artist Spotlight: Dawn Blum


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement
I am first and foremost a straight photographer, though my appetite to learn has led me to experiment with other traditional mediums as of late. The transient nature of things, stuff, and life itself is center to my current work.

Works
Compulsory Mechanics, 2016
11 ¼” x 14 ¼”
silver gelatin prints

Disengage, 2016
13” x 7” x 8”
organic & found materials, copper leaf

Limited Expansion, 2016
4” x 7 ¾” x 9”
paper, copper leaf, found objects

Listless Passage, 2016-17
22 ⅛” x 12 ⅛”
digital photography

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Blum’s “Listless Passage”

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Blum’s “Limited Expansion” (left) and “Disengage” (right)

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Detail of Blum’s “Limited Expansion”

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Blum’s “Compulsory Mechanics” (one of three)

Artist Spotlight: William Todd May


SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition
January 19 – February 23, 2017

Each Monday and Wednesday during the SWIC Art Faculty Exhibition, we will feature one of the exhibiting art instructors, including their artist statement and images of their works.

Statement

Clay and the history of clay objects dates back to the beginning of the Paleolithic Era. My life and work then as a studio ceramics artist connects me with a long tradition of making objects to be admired for their process to record mark-making through these ceramic objects. By firing these artistic expressions and formulation of the glazes, I become extremely connected to these ceramic forms. Like nature, I am recording each change through earth, water, wind, and fire. I become a recorder of the ceramic process and seek truth through universal beauty. This, after hours and decades of experience, becomes nature and is recorded in the process of studio ceramics.

I am a potter and very proud of my life’s work in the medium of clay.

Works

Bowl & Cup, 2016
6” x 6” x 3”
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Bowl & Cup, 2016
3” x 6” x 6”
clay

Guardian of the Vessel, 2016
13” x 6” x 6”
clay

Copper Red Vase, 2016
12” x 6” x 6”
clay

Guardian Urn, 2016
9” x 6” x 6”
clay

Copper Red Bowl, 2016
5” x 10” x 10”
clay

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May’s “Bowl and Cup” with “Guardian of the Vessel” in the background

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May’s “Bowl and Cup”

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May’s “Guardian of the Vessel”

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May’s “Copper Red Vase”